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January is National Radon Action Month

Posted: Thursday, Jan 17th, 2013

Testing Wyoming homes and workplaces is the only way to know how much of the potentially dangerous gas radon is present. Radon has no color, no odor or any other sensory reminder to make us think about it. According to Steve Melia, radon program manager for the Wyoming State Department of Health you must test for radon to know whether threatening levels of radon may be present in your home or office. Wyoming has a high potential for the presence of elevated levels of radon gas.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can seep up from the ground into buildings. The gas then gets trapped inside, builds in intensity and poses a long-term health risk of lung cancer. Exposure to radon is linked to lung cancer in many people and exposure to the gas over time is like a ticking time bomb.

Testing Wyoming homes and businesses for radon is highly encouraged. Testing for radon is inexpensive and very easy. If elevated radon levels are found, radon problems can be fixed by qualified contractors. The costs for fixing the problems are not overwhelming and are comparable to many other home repairs.

“Radon-What A Gas” is a statewide initiative to increase awareness of the importance of testing for radon and to increase access to testing resources. The statewide initiative involves the Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium, county Extension Offices, public health nursing and regional cancer service programs.

Radon test kits are available at the Niobrara County Extension Office located at the Fairgrounds for $3.00 for one kit and $5.00 for two kits. It is recommended that when you test your home or workplace that you use two test kits simultaneously to get the most accurate results. Radon test kits are also available on-line at http://www.wyoming radon.org. When purchasing kits on-line you will purchase one kit for $7.95 and receive a second kit for free, as long as supplies last.

Programs and presentations on radon awareness and testing are available for local residents, community groups, school teachers, real estate agents, real estate appraisers and healthcare providers. If you are interested in hosting or attending a radon awareness presentation, please contact Denise Smith at the Niobrara County Extension Office at 334-3534 or the Wyoming Radon Program director. To learn more about radon, contact the Wyoming Radon Program at www.wyomingradon.org , call 307-777-6015 or email the radon program director, steve Melia at steve.melia@wyo.gov.

For the complete article see the 01-16-2013 issue.

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